Madhwa Sampradaya Bisi Bela Huli Annah

Madhwa Sampradaya Bisi Bela Huli Annah

One of the most,most,most tastiest Bisi Bela that I have ever tasted. An authentic Madhwa special dish. I learnt this recipe from my very good friend Vimala Vijendran. I am very happy to share this recipe with you all. A very simple preparation, but the taste is ultimate. I made it for lunch today along with a couple of vegetable dishes. Believe me, I loved the taste and I did not want any accompaniment with this dish. This Bisi Bela is so light, I enjoyed every morsel of it.


Raw rice – 1 cup

Thoovar dhal – 1/2 cup

Turmeric powder -1/4 teaspoon

( Wash the rice and dhal, add 6 cups of water and 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder and pressure cook  and keep aside )

Salt to taste

Grated jaggery – 1 teaspoon

Tamarind paste – 3/4 teaspoon

Water 1/2 cup

Roast in oil and powder finely

Bydagi chillies or Kashmiri dry red chillies – 5 or 6

Channa dhal – 4 tablespoons

Coriander seeds – 3 teaspoons

Methi ( fenugreek ) seeds – 1 teaspoon

Grated dry coconut ( Kopra ) – 1/2 cup

Gingelly oil – 4 tablespoons

First heat a pan. Keep on medium flame. Add the grated kopra and fry on sim flame till golden. Transfer the roasted kopra to a plate. Next, add the 1 tablespoon gingelly oil to the pan. Keep the flame on sim. Roast all the other ingredients to a golden colour. Transfer to another plate. Cool. Blend to a powder. Add the roasted kopra. Powder well together. Keep it covered . Leave it aside.

To Season

Gingelly oil – 4 tablespoons

Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon

Peeled, halved peanuts – 1 handful

Asafoetida powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Curry leaves ( torn ) – little


Heat a pan. Keep the flame on medium. Add the tamarind paste with 1/2 cup of water. Boil on sim flame for 5 minutes. Add the grated jaggery. Add the boiled rice and dhal. Add salt to taste. Add the ground powder. Mix well. Simmer for  5 minutes. Switch off the stove

Season and garnish. Mix well. Serve hot.

Chef’ s Tips

1) This Bisi Bela is very light since there is no ghee .

2)Do not add any extra masalas and vegetables to this dish. It will change the taste.

3) Serve this Bisi Bela with any raitha, chips or appalam .

4) Fry the peanuts in oil to a golden colour





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